Sam Smith Brings his own Brand of Church to Nashville

Cam swept on stage resembling an angel in a gold velvet jumpsuit, her curls framing her face.  She then turned on her real love for music, life and her grit.  She serenaded her hometown fans with a song she wrote about a love gone wrong, other melodies including a tribute to Patsy Cline.  Throughout her set she warmed up the crowd for Sam Smith in sharing her thoughts about human equality and being true to yourself.  She ended her set, in darkness with cell phones lighting up the arena like a midnight sky to Burning House.  The crowd sung along, loving every minute of her.
Sam Smith brought his own brand of church to Nashville.  The set was exquisite with compassionate, poetic quotes displayed and stage architecture that rivaled an ancient temple or pyramid.  As his strong, passionate voice sung his hits such as Like I Can, Stay With Me and a duet with Cam for Palace, the crowd swayed and lit up their cellphones, reminiscent of 1960 and 70’s concerts.  The scene was a night sky bright with stars.
As he sang Writing On the Wall from Spectre, the temple opened dramatically against the fans twinkling.  Smith spoke to his fans quite a bit.  He said he knew his songs were depressing, but he wanted everyone to sing and be happy.  Smith spoke about dreaming that one day he would play the Bridgestone Arena and that he was humbled to finally be there.  He shared another personal moment with his fans by introducing his  “mum” to the audience.  Nashville will soon not forget the moving show Sam Smith and Cam gave.  Incredible music intertwined with heart was the ticket that night.
by Christina Brown
Photo Alexandra Arielle

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